A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

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Gouda and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Portobellos

Gouda and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Portobellos

Here’s the backstory:  I’m trying to do a lower carb diet, and I got to craving one of my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches—roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, and Gouda cheese. I wanted the flavors, but not the bread. My first thought was to do caramelized onions […]

Melting Sweet Potatoes

Melting Sweet Potatoes

Why do my sweet potatoes look better before I cook them?!  And these look nothing like the pictures in the recipe. I had this recipe pinned for quite awhile, and finally made it as part of my quest to finish up what seemed like the endless […]

So what if it looks like it’s covered in fur?

So what if it looks like it’s covered in fur?

I was still trying to finish using up a bag of sweet potatoes, and I had a packet of organic turmeric that I brought back from Finca Luna Nueva in Costa Rica.  So, I decided to make some roasted sweet potatoes with turmeric, cinnamon and […]

Sweet potatoes mashed with orange juice and spices

Sweet potatoes mashed with orange juice and spices

I haven’t made these in a long time, and I don’t know why, I love them!  Well, maybe because Steve doesn’t love them, so I usually just make for myself. Tonight was the night.  I had two sweet potatoes left from a big farmer’s market […]

Could a hot Caprese salad (of a sort) be a thing?

Could a hot Caprese salad (of a sort) be a thing?

I thought about making the Caprese portobello mushrooms again last night, but apparently even walking downstairs to go to the garage fridge was too much work for me. So instead I sliced up the two tomatoes I had, got out the rest of the mozzarella […]

Caprese Portobello Mushrooms

Caprese Portobello Mushrooms

I had an idea about making something with portobello mushrooms and was googling around trying to round out that idea when I came across this post by Cafe Delites. And while I’m still going to run with my other idea, first I made these delicious […]

Roasted Mushrooms in a Garlic, Thyme, Brown Butter Sauce

Roasted Mushrooms in a Garlic, Thyme, Brown Butter Sauce

Tonight I tried a recipe that had popped up in my Pinterest feed from closetcooking.com. You can find the recipe here. This definitely moved to my Pinterest board for recipes that I have tried and are worth keeping. I didn’t have quite enough mushrooms, so […]

Applesauce in a Crockpot

Applesauce in a Crockpot

I like to go out to the apple-growing area of Missouri every fall and get several bags of apples.  Some of them are good keepers and stored properly will last all the way through spring.  With others I make pies, and……applesauce! And applesauce really is […]

Calabacitas – Take 2

Calabacitas – Take 2

I made this recipe last year, and I should have read my notes before making it again this time!  I have to remember that this makes a huge batch, and cut the recipe in half. Oh well. This time around I added the optional tomato […]

Gaido’s Parmesan Tomatoes

Gaido’s Parmesan Tomatoes

Gaido’s Parmesan Tomatoes I recently came across a ‘recipe’ on Pinterest for Parmesan Tomatoes.  I had a big beefsteak tomato I wanted to use, so I went to the link.  As I read her blog entry, it was clear to me that where she experienced […]